Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Kdikio Vintage giveaway winner is.... pulled comment #226:

Congratulations Sabrina!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway, it means so much to me that you read Orchid Grey and thank you for all of the lovely comments! Keep checking back for more giveaways in the future!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wind Swept 35/70

Ok, I have something to admit: the hair post has been pushed to Monday (but it'll be great, promise!). This has just been such an insane week at work. It's just didn't happen. But I thought of a cool idea today....
Dress: Urban Outfitters (68.00)
Shoes: Charlotte Ronson (60.00)
Tights: TjMaxx 2 pair (4.99 ea.)
Cardigan: H&M (16.00)
Necklaces: J.Crew, Leviticus, Dolly and Boy
I can't wait until spring, there I said it. I want warmer weather. That storm we had last night? In a word: destructive. My town woke up this morning to downed trees, leaky roofs (mine), broken windows, sailboats run ashore (seriously), and all of the metal lettering missing from the cinema marquee (blown off to some unknown destination). So F--- you winter, let's hear it for the season of re-birth! In anticipation of the end of winter, I've been doing a little bit of shopping, actual shopping for new things, which is pretty unprecedented. I feel like since November, it's been all thrift all the time. Sometimes it's just so nice to have something that doesn't already have a history! Anyways, I've though of a new little project where I model my usual daily outfit with whatever transitional thing included, but also put together a little collage of how I would wear it for Spring/Summer. That's where 35/70 comes in: 35 degrees to 70 degrees!

So this is how I wore my beautiful new Urban Outfitters dress in 35 degree weather:
I doubled up on tights today with a purple pair underneath grey, for warmth but also for color: I wanted a warmer grey than I had and the purple did the trick!

And this is how I would wear it come 70 ... ok... 80 degree weather:
Dress: Urban Outfitters ($68) Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ($125) Bag: J.Crew ($50) Necklace: Fred Flare ($44) Sunglasses: Fred Flare ($11)
I created the collage with a trip to Todd Farms Flea in mind, which is this great flea market close to where we live. It's one of my favorite sunday morning Julie & Chris activities, we'll usually wake up super early to get there and then go out for breakfast or ice cream after. I included a big canvas tote to store all my treasures and giant Jeffrey Campbell platforms to keep me out of the dust. I can't wait until the Flea opens back up for the season!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! What do you have planned?
Don't forget, you still have time to enter my giveaway!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Weather Girl

Dress: Thakoon for Target (30.00)
Shoes: Charlotte Ronson via Ebay (60.00)
Tights: TjMaxx (4.99)
Necklaces: H&M / Dolly and Boy
Belts: from other dresses
Today has been a no good, blah blah blah, very bad day...or however the saying goes. So, let's focus on the positive. Good things: I received a new dress in the mail from Urban Outfitters! Also received the new UO spring/summer lookbook, which is gorgeous! Grilled cheese with apples and onions for dinner! Cats! Yay! Something else that I'm thankful for: I had the foresight to take outfit photos on Tuesday, before we experienced 48 straight hours of rain, with 48 more to go. All you New York and Philly girls, count your blessings you're getting snow, because this is disgusting.

Anyway enough complaining, on to my outfit. I realized that I haven't worn my Thakoon dress in awhile and I really liked how the grey looked with my purple shoes. I chose to keep the palette neutral, rather than add a lot of color, since the shoes are so eye-catching. I added a couple of long, drapey necklaces to add some texture up top.

I'm keeping things short and sweet tonight, hope you all stay dry! And don't forget to enter my giveaway!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

(CLOSED) Ahoy, It's A Giveaway! (CLOSED)


Images courtesy of KDikio Vintage
So, I didn't even realize it until now, but this is my 200th post! Time to celebrate!

The giveaway if offered by the lovely Kristen of KDikio Vintage. She is generously offering the lucky winner the chance to pick an item from her shop, and she has a lot to choose from! Be sure to have a few choices in mind, as everything is one of a kind and things sell fast! Be sure to check out her site, it's full of fantastic vintage treasures!

To enter: Follow my blog and leave a comment in this post, be sure to leave an email address if you do not have a blog where I can reach you. This giveaway is open internationally, so anyone and everyone can enter! I'll be choosing the winner at Midnight E.S.T this Saturday (February 27th). Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Brightly Wound

Top (dress): Cosette via Delightful Dozen Swap
Skirt: Target (16.00)
Tights: TjMaxx (4.99)
Shoes: Mia (very old)
Necklace: Leviticus via Adored Austin giveaway
Monday has been a cruel, cruel mistress lately. No matter how early I go to bed, or wake up, I'm still not with it. Case in point: the original plan I had for this Cosette dress from Delightfully Tacky was way more interesting, unfortunately, it just didn't work. So I went the simple route and added this ruffle skirt for some length. The priority was to just get out of the house on time, sometimes getting to work takes precedence over outfit bliss!
Below are the three other Delightful ladies who have already styled the outfit:
Mel of IdeeGeniale, Tieka of Selective Potential, and Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

Thank you to those of you that left me questions in my last post, I'll be answering them further into the week. My beau just got home from a long day in Vermont, time to make pizza!

Have A Great Tuesday Night!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Over The Weekend Style File...

Future's so bright...blah blah blah...
Trench: J.Crew (19.00)
Sweatshirt: J.Crew (15.00)
Button Up: Marshalls (7.00)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters (gift)
Shoes: Sperry Topsiders via Salvation Army (7.00)
Sunnies: Fred Flare (11.00)
Photos: Chris
This weekend was a quiet one, just a lot of errand-running, so I wanted to be comfortable. I wore this on Saturday to go with Chris to Salvation Army and a bunch of other places. Usually, when I go to thrift stores I'm a little more practical with what I wear, but it was 50 F outside and I felt springy! I had the incredible luck a few weeks ago of finding a brand new pair of Sperry boat shoes at the thrift store, so they made their debut on saturday. I really want to get them broken in before Summer. I'm not going to lie, I want warm weather badly. This has been an anti-climactic winter, although the weather sounds like it's going to be nasty later this week.
I also broke out one of my favorite pins (above). It's rare that I find anything with my name on it that isn't "Julia" so I was stoked a few years ago to find this vintage pin-up girl. She's an old WWII plane decal. I like knowing that a hot lady with my name cheered up soldiers long ago. And yes, that button needs to be sewed on.

Also, Rachel from AdventuresInCooking asked a great question:
Q: "I have a question for do you decide if you are crossing the line between "professional" and "Unprofressional" with your clothing. I have a purple and navy dress similar to the one you are wearing that I am dying to wear with tights and flats. I worry it's too short. How do you decide?????"

A: First of all, I am in no way the authority on how to dress in the workplace. I have the advantage of working in a creative environment where we are able to get away with a lot. For my skirts and dresses, I usually go by the five finger rule: lay your arms flat against your sides with your fingers straight down, is your skirt above or below them? Mine are usually even with or a little below my middle finger (this was the rule for camp dances when I was a kid, I guess it stuck). In the winter, I always wear tights, and year round I always stay covered-up up top. The key is to keep your outfit balanced. During my travel season when I'm visiting high schools, I am more modest with what I wear in consideration for the circumstances. I also almost never show the tattoos on my back and usually wear bracelets to cover the one on my wrist, this is to balance the fact that I have a big metal ring through my nose (I am not the only one in my office who has piercing's). Also, and this is a big one, my work mantra: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. With-in reason, of course!

If you have a question, please feel free to email me or leave a comment!
(any hair questions will be addressed in the monthly hair-post)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Slow Graffiti

Dress: H&M (18.00)
Bag: H&M (18.00)
Shoes: Target (6.99 sale)
Tights: TjMaxx (4.99)
Necklaces: H&M / Dolly and Boy
Headband: Goody
Photos: Chris
A quick post tonight because it's late and I'm sleepy. Chris and I just got back from having dinner with friends in East Boston, I love that we live so close to the city. The past couple of days have been extremely busy at the College I work at, admissions hosted a couple of open house events so today I opted for comfort in my wardrobe choices. I bought this dress and bag last week on my New York trip with Jen. As much as I love vintage and thrift, sometimes it's nice to have new things. I love the kind of frenchy-mod style of this mini dress and the studded bag is exactly what I've been looking for. I was definitely comfortable too, good for running around campus!

My hair style today was inspired by all the beautiful twists I've been seeing lately on the Urban Outfitters website. I woke up really late today and needed something easy, and this off center bun fit the bill. I've been getting lots of hair questions lately, my monthly hair post will be coming next week!

Also, someone asked about the knitting pattern I used for the cowl in my last post. I'm sorry to say I didn't use a pattern at all, it was all free form (and very imperfect). I just cast on 18 stitches and knit half a scarf and then sewed it together. Very un-technical!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, I'm off to watch 21 Jump Street with Chris! Yes!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Girl of Many Hats

Cold nose, cold hands...
Hat: Complements of Hats In The Belfry
Tunnel Scarf: Knitted by me
Coat: H&M (two years old $70.00)
We finally got snow! There were blizzard conditions all day yesterday, and it was so beautiful. I love it when it snows out and everything that is ugly about the the city is blanketed in soft white. So pretty for about 24 hours. It was the perfect day to try out my new cloche from Hats In The Belfry. For a girl who usually grabs one of her boyfriends stretched out beanies before sprinting out of the house for work, this hat is very very fancy. I love how the grey in the flower (removable- it's a pin! it's a brooch! it's on my hat! no it's not!) matches my coat, which, depending on how I wear it can be very '20's or very '60's. Hats In The Belfry has some amazing pieces on their site, some straw hats I'm dying over for Spring!
Unlike the rest of me, my head stayed warm and dry. By the time I was finished taking photos my hands were frozen solid and I was skeptical if my camera would ever work again. February is always a snowy month here in Massachusetts, fingers crossed for more storms!
I added just a dash of color with my first successful knitting project: a tunnel scarf.

and because winter's not over yet...
Hats In The Belfry is offering Orchid Grey readers 10% off on their products,
Just enter the code HATS10 at checkout!

Hats In The Belfry kindly provided the hat in this post

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Over the Weekend Part 2: I Love Breakfast and Candy

As promised, here is the second half of my whirl-wind weekend! Saturday was relaxing, Jen and I started our day by meeting up with more bloggers for breakfast. The original place we had planned to visit had a two hour wait, so we just hopped down the street to Frankie's which was fine by me. Coffee and a breakfast sandwich? yes please! Breakfast/brunch just happens to be my favorite meal of the day! Frankie's was also a little quieter than the first place, it was nice to be able to have a good conversation.
(above photo by Andrea) It's a little known fact that I am super awkward (more awkward than normal) until I get some coffee in me.
(above photo by Andrea) Christine of Second Skin and Jen.
(above photo by Andrea) Mel of Idee Geniale and Nikki of Wild as a Mink
Andrea and Tieka
One girl dork parade. (above photo by Andrea)
Andrea's hair is amazing, so pretty!
Me! (photo by Andrea)
After breakfast, we all headed over to this amazing candy store that was filled to the brim with goodies. Things got funny pretty fast, with everyone exclaiming "oh! I love ________!" I found a wax mustache and some Garbage Pail Kids cards for Chris and bought myself some gummy colas (my drug of choice).
Christine and Mel
Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky (photo by Andrea)
I wasn't the only one to find the mustaches! (Mel and Christine photographed by Andrea)
After the candy store we parted ways, Jen and I went off to explore New York and Brooklyn and everyone else headed off to the Chictopia10 conference. It was so amazing to meet all of these inspiring and energetic girls, I just wish we had had more time together. Friday and Saturday went by so fast, all of a sudden Jen and I were back on the train headed upstate. As sad as I was to leave everyone, I was excited to get back to my own bed. The drive from the train station in upstate NY back to Beverly was LONG and dark, I didn't get back until 2am! Luckily I had the new GPS Chris's step-mom had given us for christmas to guide me and some rad 80's hair metal on the radio to keep me awake. Sunday was spent recovering and snuggling with these two...
Whew! So, longest post ever huh?! All in all it was such a great time and I honestly loved everyone that I met. We hit the window of perfect weather too, as we're getting quite the storm. I'm happy with it though, blizzards are beautiful!
Have a nice night!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Over the Weekend Part 1: where do I even begin?

What a great weekend! So good in fact, that it will take not one but two posts to cover it! On Friday, I (legally) played hooky from work and drove to western
Massachussetts to meet up with Jen, we then caught a train that brought us right into Grand Central in NYC (I love trains). We rushed to our hotel to get ready
for the Girls Night Out party sponsored by Dove and hosted by Jessica. We arrived just a little fashionably late (because of our train), and
the party was in full swing. It was amazing being able to meet the other bloggers there, I love all of these girl's blogs, and many of them were
inspiration for me to start my own. It's so funny meeting bloggers in person, it's almost as if the getting-to-know-you stage is ver with because you read their
posts everyday! We started our night at the Dove Parlor, where we sipped drinks and ate mini sandwiches...
Erin, Me, Rebecca, and Jen
Jen, Me, Tieka, and Elizabeth
Tieka, Elizabeth, Jessica, Melissa, and Kim
Me and Tieka
Jessica, Erin, and Rebecca
A very rare picture of my back tattoos...and the back of my head
...The second half of the evening was spend touring New York City in a WHITE-STRETCH-SUV-LIMO-WITH-WHITE-VELVET-INTERIOR. Yeah, I know...Rad. Our driver was extremely patient and brought us all over, we stopped in Times Square - to take outfit shots of course- and then to Rockafeller Center to take more pictures. The whole night was loud, raucous, and exactly what I needed to end this winter funk.
Left to Right: Andrea, Elizabeth, Erin, Tieka, Jen, Melissa, Kim, Jessica, Rebecca, and me
And of course, my ($13 dollar) outfit:
Dress: Vintage Victoria's Secret (Mom's)
Belt: Vintage (1.00)
Tights: TjMaxx (4.99)
Shoes: Target (6.99)
A big thank you to Jessica for being such a gracious host, Dove for providing the food, drinks and limo service, and Andrea for taking so many pictures!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Valentines day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

This isn't fashion or style related, but in the spirit of Valentines Day I wanted to wish everyone lots of love! It seemed like the longest drive ever (but not as long as Tieka and Andrea's!) but I'm back home and taking it easy after a great 48 hours in NYC. Chris and I are going to grab drinks together after he gets out of work tonight. I don't talk about my relationship much on this blog but I wanted to use February 14th as an excuse to be gushy and gross. We've been together since I was 20 and he was 19 and it's been the best six years ever (that photo was taken the first week we dated). xoxo. ok, I'll stop now.

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Delightful Dozen: 1st round!

Top: Courtesy of Shop Ruche
Skirt: Vintage via Goodwill in South Portland, ME (2.00)
Belt: Vintage via Salvation Army in Saugus, MA (3.00)
Crochet Tights: so old, probably from TjMaxx
Black Tights: TjMaxx (4.99)
Shoes: Target (6.99)
So I am the second of the Delightful Dozen to style and post this top, generously supplied by the online store Ruche. When I received it in the mail this past weekend, I was at a bit of a loss as far as how I was going to style it, but that's one of the things that got me so psyched about the Delightful Dozen: the challenge! I was talking to my mom last night about it when she and my brother were over, and showed her the piece, she said: why not wear it backwards? Genius! I love how turning the shirt around adds simplicity in the front and interest in the back. Kind of like a shirt-mullet, I guess! ha! Jen was the first to style this top, and I think it's funny how we both inadvertently ended up with leopard print in our outfits!
I am so happy that tomorrow is Friday! I'm stopping by work for about an hour and then getting ready to go with Jen to NYC! A couple of people have asked, I won't be at the Chictopia conference, we've got plans to check out some stuff in the city and meet up with some friends. For those of you who are going, have fun (maybe we'll even run into each other!)!
The Ruche top will make it's way to Mel from Idee Geniale next so stay tuned for her interpretation! and don't forget that you can follow the Delightful Dozen on Facebook!